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Department of Energy Community College Internship (CCI)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory participates in the Department of Energy Community College Internship (CCI). The program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE National Laboratories. The program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing 10-week internships at a DOE laboratory.


  • Applications are solicited annually for the Summer term.
  • Selected students engage in technical projects related to DOE’s ongoing research and development programs under the guidance of Laboratory staff scientists or engineers.


  • $500/week stipend
  • $150 housing allowance and limited travel reimbursement, if permanent address is at least 50 miles from host Laboratory. Learn more about Housing for ORNL Research Participants.


  • Current full-time student at a community college or accredited two-year college
  • Completed at least one semester at the time of application
  • Have completed at least six credit hours in science, mathematics, engineering, or technology course areas, and completed at least 12 credits hours towards a degree
  • Undergraduate cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be 18 years or older prior to the start of the internship
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident at the time of application
  • Limited to no more than two internships
  • Have medical insurance during their time at the Laboratory


  • Complete full program, 40 hours per week and avoid activities that could present a conflict
  • Attend all scheduled events including seminars, tours and group activities
  • Create a poster presentation and submit a project report
  • Complete pre- and post-appointment surveys
  • Behave in a responsible and professional manner
Action Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2017
On-line application opens July 17, 2017 Oct. 16, 2017 March 20, 2017
Applications due Oct. 2, 2017
5:00 PM ET
Jan. 12, 2018
5:00 PM ET
May 31, 2017
5:00 PM ET
Offer notification period begins on or around Oct. 13, 2017 Jan. 26, 2018 June 9, 2017
All DOE offers and notifications complete Dec. 22, 2017 April 6, 2018 Aug. 4, 2017

Community College Internship Life Cycle

The Beginning of Your Appointment

  • Pre-Survey
  • Arrival
  • Orientation
  • Mentor Meet-up

During Your Appointment

  • Your Research Project
  • Weekly Seminars
  • Lunch and Learn Opportunities
  • Tours
  • Extracurricular Activities

The End of Your Appointment

  • Abstract
  • Poster Presentation
  • Project Report
  • Post-Survey
  • Last Day

Next Steps:

Review our Tips for Applying for the DOE Community College Internship.

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DOE Community College Internship (CCI)

ORNL Intern Nabeel Jaser

Nabeel Jaser

Mechanical Engineering, Undergraduate
Pellissippi State Community College
Research Focus:

“I helped construct an automated cryogenic sample changer for the Vibrational Spectrometer beam line. The instrument, referred to as VISION, is used in material research. The goal of the project is to reduce the time it takes to change samples placed in the instrument’s line-up and increase the number of scientists’ throughput and usable beam time.”


“What intrigued me most was the many different ways that neutron science is being used. For example, neutron science provides researchers with unmatched capabilities for understanding the structure and properties of materials, macromolecular and biological systems and the fundamental physics of the neutron.”

Thoughts on Program:

“This was such an enjoyable experience. I have learned so many things that I would not encounter in a classroom. The skills that I have gained during my program will help me after graduating college, and having direct experience in this field will assist me in my future career.”

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